Israeli F-35 Shot Down 2 Iranian Drones Last Year

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  • 04:41 PM, March 7, 2022
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Israeli F-35 Shot Down 2 Iranian Drones Last Year
F-35I Adir fifth-generation fighter

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) announced today their F-35I Adir fifth-generation fighter shot down two Iranian drones enroute to the Gaza strip with a cargo of pistols in March 2021.

This the first known interception by the F-35 in the world. Israel was one of the first countries to receive the American-made jet and use it in combat operations.

“We must reiterate the warning that Iranian aggression, whether it emanates from Iranian territory or through Iranian proxies - is a threat to global peace and to regional stability, as well as a threat to the State of Israel,” Defense Minister Benny Gantz said.

Israeli F-35 Shot Down 2 Iranian Drones Last Year
Israeli F-35I Adir jets

The interception was coordinated with Israel's neighbors. The Iranian drones were tracked throughout their flight by ground control units. Local media reported a third drone was destroyed using electronic warfare means.

Two months after the incident, Israel launched "Operation Guardian of the Walls" against Hamas terrorist infrastructure in the Gaza Strip.

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